Easily add quality audio to your smartphone videos

Travelling is cumbersome at the best of times and with luggage costs rising, people want to travel lighter and are leaving their bulky video cameras at home. And with smartphones like the Apple iPhone X with Google Pixel capable of shooting 4K or ultra HD video, capturing video has never been easier.

It’s hard to dispute the quality of the image but the accompanying audio often suffers. While there’s a microphone on every phone, there’s often too much distance between you and what you’re recording, so ambient noise is also picked up. [Read more…]

Weego Jump Starter 44 powers you wherever you go

Smartphones, tablets, computers & even our vehicles need a boost sometimes – Weego Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution

No matter where our travels take us, we never seem to have enough battery power to keep things charged up. Smartphones, tablets, computers and even our vehicles need a boost sometimes.

The Weego Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution.

The Weego 44 is powerful, putting out 400 true cranking amps – the power the battery can deliver for 30 seconds at 0ºC. It’s more than enough to jump-start your car, truck, boat, ATV or motorcycle – anything with a gas engines up to seven litres and diesel engines up to 3.5 litres with 12-volt lead-acid batteries.  Read more below.

[Article also available at Troy Media and Active-Life Magazine.] [Read more…]

Great Clips App adds SIRI Shortcuts Integration & Haircut Reminder

How many times have you said to yourself, “Oh I forgot to get my hair cut,” or “I should have made an appointment with my stylist.” Well if you’re an iPhone or iOS user and a Great Clips customer, you’ll be happy to know there are two new updates and few new features to the Great Clips App  to help easily remind you so you can look your best when you need to. Android users aren’t totally left out, there’s one update for you.

The company announced the first update includes an integration with latest Apple’s iOS 12 mobile operating system which includes the newly introduced ‘Siri Shortcuts’.  With this update, and Apple’s latest update, customers can save themselves a whole lot of time by using Siri to initiate checking in to their usual salon location. They will also receive updated wait time estimates after then check in. Just saying, “Siri, check me into my favourite salon,” online check-in will open the Great Clips App to the customer’s previously selected ‘favourite’ salon. To set a shortcut, customers with the Great Clips App can go to the Settings within their device, select “Siri & Search” and then “All Shortcuts”. [Read more…]

Will House of Cards be the same? Final season coming up Nov 2


How many of you binge watched House of Cards? I know I did – more or less over a week or two. Frank Underwood seemed to be the guy everyone loved to hate. Of course with all the allegations against Kevin Spacey it was inevitable that he would not be in the upcoming season of House of Cards. In fact some probably wondered if the series would continue – but apparently it is for one more go around. The final season is out on Netflix November 2.

At the end of the last season, it was obvious that Claire was vying for the top job – but now knowing that Frank won’t be in the picture and Claire’s rise seems somewhat inevitable – will the series be the same?  Will the show be the same without Underwood’s character?

Well I guess it remains to be seen. Netflix offered up a little teaser showing Claire at Frank’s grave – so it seems that some reigns are already known.

Here’s the official sneak peek trailer:

Memory Techniques to Remember Just About Anything – Kevin Achtzener

Ever wish you can remember a name, a face a phone number? We’re so busy and bombarded with information that it’s sometimes so hard to remember even the simplest things let alone details.

In my latest podcast, I speaks with regular Kevin Achtzener, DTM, a self-proclaimed Future Memory Expert who shares techniques for better recall.

Kevin’s obsession for remembering things and these techniques have helped him not only memorize a shuffled deck of cards in five minutes but also creative methods to recall large numbers – like part numbers and serial numbers to names and words. What might surprise you is some of his techniques involve using pictures, humor and even cartoon characters.

Have a listen and enjoy.

Save money, avoid outrageous phone bills when travelling abroad

New CRTC rules mean Canadian providers must now unlock your phone, making it easier to use a different SIM card.

For many people, smartphones have become 24/7 appendages. However, worried about outrageous phone, data and roaming fees, many people reach for the off switch when travelling.

This is particularly true when going out of country or overseas. No one wants to return home to massive cellphone bills.

But rules and regulations are starting to change, and there are now more affordable choices for consumers. (Click More to read here. Or read it at Troy Media.) [Read more…]

One step at a time: a simple solution to a better life

Create visions and not resolutions to take control of your life

Why don’t resolutions work?

Eighty per cent of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February, according to U.S. News and World Report. Only eight per cent of us actually follow through, according to Forbes. In fact, just over 50 per cent of us don’t even bother with New Year’s resolutions.

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Personal quiet sound amplifier helps you hear better

Single BEanAs we get older things like your hearing start to deteriorate, especially if you worked in a noisy environment or went to too many “WHO” concerts without wearing proper hearing protection. To help out in these times Etymotic Research developed The BEAN – Quiet Sound Amplifier; it’s not a hearing aid that corrects hearing loss, but rather a personal sound amplification device that requires no prescription.

The company’s literature likens the BEAN “to wearing store-bought reading glasses that you only need to use part of the time.”  Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

Keep your “ahs” for your doctor or dentist

EDMONTON, AB, Dec 22, 2013/ Troy Media/ – Have you ever found yourself in a meeting, presenting to a client or been on the phone when all of a sudden you’re lost for words or not sure what to say?

We fear silence as being unnatural. Our natural tendency is to avoid dead air or empty space at all costs, so we fill it with crutch words, like “ah”, “um” and “err”. We’ll sometimes repeat words like “Iike-Iike-like”, and “and-and-and’ as we nervously grasp for the next thing to say. Sound familiar?

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CanoeTech- Withings web-connected scale automatically tracks your weight

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Whether you are a male or a female, if you came back from the mall with a bathroom scale under your arm, it very possible that all h*** might break loose in the family household. But in a modern tech savvy family, a wireless hassle-free health-tracking device might just be a bit more welcomed.

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG